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Caring for a Grand old lady

Viscount

Viscount

Looking after the Vickers Viscount

Caring for a Grand old lady Keith Bradshaw tells the story of how the Duxford Aviation Society are maintaining Vickers V701 Viscount G-ALWF, the world’s oldest Viscount and most likely the world’s oldest turboprop in existence today. It was a summer’s day in 1948 when Vickers’ test pilots Mutt Summers and Jock Bryce pulled back on the stick of the first prototype Viscount 630 G-AHRF at the company airfield at Wisley Surrey, heralding in the dawn of...

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The magic moving map

Trident

The magic moving map

Technical innovation on the Trident

On visiting our Trident many people comment on the moving map display asking if it’s a kind of Sat Nav. The system on the Trident was designed long before GPS was available and indeed was one of the first stand alone navigation systems not requiring any ground stations or satellites to operate. This is how it all works. Maurice Gatsonides.  There’s a name you don’t often hear. Maurice was a 1950s Dutch rally driver who wanted to measure his speeds around...

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All in a lifetime
Alcock & Brown

100 years on the 15th June 1919 the Vickers Vimy of Alcock and Brown 'landed' in Ireland to complete...

First of the Many
First of the Many

  On 13th June 1965 the prototype Britten Norman BN2 Islander G-ATCT took off from the grass airstrip...

Breitling Formation
Breitling team

Breitling team in formation A great display. Fantastic picture! Photo Charles Butler

Trident and VC10
Boarding

A great day out! It’s always busy and DAS volunteers work hard but showing the public the result...

A busy day boarding
Herald

Boarding now! Sales of Boarding Passes were brisk. The British Airliner Collection aircraft welcomed visitors...

Stearmans in formation
Aero Super Batics Stearmans

Hold on tight! Aero Super Batics gave an astonishing display of skill, bravery and elegance. Photo Charles Butler

Sally B fires up!
B17 Sally B

Sally B fires up The Boeing B-17G starts up in a cloud of smoke ready for her display. A firm favourite...

Viscount in the Sun
Viscount

The oldest surviving Viscount shows off her new paintwork Seen outside in the sunshine, no one would guess...

Apache
Apache

Fire! An exciting display by the Attack Helicopter Display team (AHDT)  featuring an Apache AH1 gave...

Tiger 9 in Formation
Tiger 9 Team

Bi-planes in formation In an impressive display on a gusty day, the Tiger 9 Formation team showed just...

Concorde Nose Lowering
Concorde nose

Concorde’s ever-popular nose lowering drew a large crowd at the Air Show. Restored to full working...

Back in the hot seat
Concorde crew

Ex- Concorde crew Captain Andy Mills, Flying Officer John Tye and Flight Engineer Ian Radford, visited 101...

Nellie steps up
AEC Militant

A wet Sunday saw the dedicated DAS crew shifting the Trident into the Conservation Hall for repainting. On...

50 Glorious Years

Back in March 1969 - the second of March to be precise - test pilot André Turcat gathered...

Viscount Repaint
Our Viscount moves out for her new coat of paint

It’s always exciting to see one of the British Airliner Collection aircraft moving down the runway...

Berlin Airlift Exhibition

In 1948/9 the York was one of a fleet of Allied aircraft which delivered the largest humanitarian airlift...

Emotional Reunion
Barbara Halbert and the Comet meet again after sixty years

Barbara Halbert made a special trip from her home in Guernsey to be aboard her beloved Comet 4 to celebrate...

Happy 50th
BAC 1-11 on the tarmac at Heathrow

Our BAC 1-11 first flew exactly 50 years ago today on 29 January 1969 and still looks as good as new thanks...

124m Air Miles
Avro York in Hangar

That was the total distance flown by allied aircraft 70 years ago during the 15 months of operations known...

 
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Dates for your diary

September

Saturday

19

2020

Battle of Britain Air Show Day 1

RAF Duxford, now part of Imperial War Museums, has been part of the RAF story for over 100 years. We are proud to be an official partner for the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show,... more >

 
September

Sunday

20

2020

Battle of Britain Air Show Day 2

RAF Duxford, now part of Imperial War Museums, has been part of the RAF story for 100 years. We are proud to be an official partner for the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show, bringing to... more >

 

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